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TKW Consulting
TKW Consulting is dedicated to the promotion of quality child care through education and the improvement of professionalism and public perception of early care providers.

Scientific research confirms that children's earliest experiences dramatically affect their ability to succeed in school and in life.  Their intellectual and emotional development is strongly influenced by the quality of the care they receive in the first few years of their lives.  This means that the right kind of child care can be a wonderful opportunity to enrich children's lives and help them realize their full potential.

I have spent many years trying to be a positive influence in the lives of the children that I care for.  I feel so strongly about this that I am now trying to be an influence on the lives of many more children by providing support and education opportunities to other early care providers and by trying to improve the public image and community support for our profession.

TKW Consulting provides this support through personal training, small and large workshops, speaking appearances, organizational involvement, conference planning, educational consulting, and peer networking. I provide training for family child care providers, organizations, center directors and staff, teachers, Head Start, EFCE, and any other early care professionals that have an impact on the lives of children.

Feel free to contact me. To learn more about TKW Consulting, visit the About TKW page.
   

 


Tammy K Wachter


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Why is child care and early education so important?

FACT – Minnesota Parents Work and They Need Child Care to Stay in the Work Force

  • Nearly four-fifths of Minnesota mothers work – the fourth highest rate in the country1 . This
    translates to more than 670,000 children statewide needing some kind of non-parental care2 .
  • The rate of Minnesota mothers of young children in the workforce has more than doubled from
    30.7% in 1970 to 72.4% in 20003 .
  • Nearly seven in ten (68.8%) Minnesota children under six had either both parents or their
    single parent in the labor force in 20004 .
  • Approximately 20% of parents say child care problems interfered with getting or keeping a
    job5 . 37% lost time from work in the past 6 months because of child care problems.6
  • Parents of young children seeking welfare benefits in Minnesota report that “help paying for
    child care” is the most common reason driving them to seek assistance.7

FACT – Many Working Parents Cannot Afford Child Care

  • The average cost of child care for two children is more than $20,000 per year8 – nearly three
    times the yearly undergraduate tuition at the University of Minnesota.
  • Most parents of young children are at their lowest point of earning power.
  • High costs of child care hit lowest income families the hardest – families earning below
    $20,000 annually pay, on average, 28% of their income for child care9 .

FACT – Quality Early Childhood Education Makes a Difference for Kids

  • The first five years of life are particularly critical for brain development
  • Quality child care prepares children for school by developing higher cognitive skills, better
    math & reading skills, and higher educational achievement.

FACT – Early Education is a Smart Investment

  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota has estimated a “return on public investment” of at
    least $12 for every $1 spent on quality early childhood10 .
  • The Perry Preschool study found that early learning is a significant cost-benefit to society.  Better school success means less use of juvenile and adult justice systems, better socialization, and more.


    1  Office on the Economic Status of Women; Minnesota Compared to Other States and the United States: Summary of the Status of Women Profile Reports; 2005
    2  Estimates based on Census 2000 employment data and 2003 population estimates from Census Bureau
    3  Legislative Commission on the Economic Status of Women; Mothers in the Labor Force; Minnesota and the United States 2000
    4  Office on the Economic Status of Women; Minnesota Compared to Other States and the United States: Summary of the Status of Women Profile Reports; 2005
    5  Chase, R., J. Arnold, L. Schauben, & B. Shardlow, Child Care Use in Minnesota: 2004 Minnesota Statewide Household Child Care Survey, Prepared by Wilder Research for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, 2005.
    6  Ibid.
    7  Department of Human Services; Cost of Child Care: Legislative Report on Cost Containment Options in the Child Care Assistance Program; January 2005
    8  National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, Breaking the Piggy Bank: Parents and the High Price of Child Care, 2006.
    9  Chase, R., J. Arnold, L. Schauben, & B. Shardlow, Child Care Use in Minnesota: 2004 Minnesota Statewide Household Child Care Survey, Prepared by Wilder Research for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, 2005.
    10  Rolnick, Art and Rob Grunewald, Early Education: Economic Development with a High Public Return, 2003.


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